"I read the book on many levels. First there was the story of a couple riding a tandem and how they sorted out their relationship in the process. Marja is kinder and more trusting that I will ever be! Secondly, there were the characters in the story that pulled me along as the reader. When the author wrote about Ontario, memories bubbled to the surface. There was also the importance of what does it mean to be a Christian community. It's one thing to be church members and committee members but quite another to live in the intimacy of a summer of sharing fields, showers, cooking details, washrooms and preparation of each location under the inhibiting conditions of foul weather and human imperfection. How does one live out church & Christianity in light of all of this? To me it is very much a story of "being with the other" which is what the ministry of Jesus was all about. It's also the narrative about the growing pains and risk of being an intentional Christian community. Finally there is the CRC theology that is woven throughout the story that reveals the challenge that the church continues to face and the faith development of members. I found the book very rich and it really invited me to reflect on riding, theology, community and even gender."
Heather Bahen, tandem cyclist from Clarington
In Tandem: A Sea to Sea Cycling Odyssey.